Boxers slugging it out
The boxers for the semi-finals bouts of the Eko 2012 scheduled to begin Thursday emerged Wednesday at the National Institute for Sports (NISports), venue of the event.
In the results for the male 69kg category, Ogundele Nurudeen of Ogun beat Abu Christian of Lagos 6-2; Ajiboye Kazeem of Delta beat Christian Chukwu of Enugu, with the referee stopping contest in the third round.
Sunday Ojo of Ondo eliminated Asien Francis of Oyo 3-0, while Alamu Oladiran of Bayelsa had a flawless 12-0 win over Yusuf Musa of Nasarawa in the last bout of the category.
In the 75kg category, Isaac Sunday of Cross River fought hard to overcome Ganiyu Kabiru of Oyo with a thrilling 11-10 win, while Michael Akintewe of Ondo lost to Apampa Muri of Borno 4-9.
In other bouts of the category, Masebinu Adewale of Ekiti edged out Peter Iyase of Edo 5-3, while Ademola Najeem of Ogun won 9-8 over Festus Okunwunbua of FCT.
In the female 64kg category, Okanlawon Kafayat of Rivers beat Anthony Taiwo of Osun 10-2 on points; Odunuga Yetunde of Borno lost emphatically to Adeniji Bukola of Benue 10-0.
Falilat Tijani of Ogun beat Favour Okeke of Delta 12-1, while in the final bout of the category, Funke Oluwo of Oyo defeated Promise John of Akwa Ibom 14-10.
In the 69kg category, Kate Peter of Lagos outclassed Olashile Folorunso of Oyo, with the referee stopping the contest in round 1; Niyi Esther of Niger edged out Odem John of Delta 4-2.
In the final bout of the category, Ebere Nwachukwu of Bayelsa beat Tersoo Aninge of Benue 13-2, to advance to the semi-finals.